Darius Labanauskas had a good PC-weekend as James Wade dominated

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Darius Labanauskas had a good weekend with the Players Championship 11 and 12.

One more Players Championship weekend has been held. One player stood out, as he won both events. That player was James Wade.

With a 95,97 average at Saturday and a 98,19 average at Sunday, James Wade played some really good dart throughout the weekend.

As it has been the case in the last ten Players Championship events, Madars Razma, Marko Kantele and Darius Labanauskas also participated this weekend.

Marko Kantele had a tough weekend, as he lost in the first round both days. At Players Championship 11 he lost 6-2 against Dave Prins. Marko Kantele averaged 82 in that match. At Sunday he lost 6-1 against Vincent van der Voort, even though he averaged 92,8 in that match. Unfortunately Vincent van der Voort averaged 98,7.

Madars Razma had a little more success at Saturday, as he reached the second round. In the first round he had beaten Michael Barnard by 6-3, before losing 6-1 against Steve West in the second round.

At Sunday Madars Razma lost in the first round, as he faced Glen Durrant. The Englishman won the match by 6-3.

Glen Durrant also became a problem for Darius Labanauskas. Both Saturday and Sunday.

At Saturday Darius Labanauskas won 6-5 against Ted Evetts in the first round and won by the same numbers against Steve Beaton in the second round.
Unfortunately he had to go up against Glen Durrant in the third round, and despite averaging 93,3, the Lithuanian still lost 6-1 as Glen Durrant averaged 103,6.

At Sunday Darius Labanauskas once again lost against Glen Durrant in the third round. And even by 6-1 once again.
Before losing against the Englishman, Darius Labanauskas had beaten Michael Barnard and Ross Smith by 6-1 and 6-3 respectively.

The results of the weekend means Darius Labanauskas now has got himself £5000 for the Order of Merit, only from his results at Player Championship events. Madars Razma have secured himself £4000 and Marko Kantele have secured the very same.

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Marko Kantele did good as Jonny Clayton won Players Championship 10

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Marko Kantele had a really good day at the Players Championship circuit as he reached the top 16.

Jonny Clayton won the 10th Players Championship of 2019 after beating Gabriel Clemens in the final by 8-4. The Welsh played with a good level throughout the entire day, meaning he had the 9th best average in the tournament.

Just as yesterday, the PDC Nordic & Baltic region were represented by Darius Labanauskas, Madars Razma and Marko Kantele.

Darius Labanauskas faced the same destiny as yesterday, as he already lost in the first round. Here he meet Dave Chisnall who won the match by 6-3.

Madars Razma though reached the second round, as he beat Martin Schindler by 6-5 in the first round averaging 99,1.
In the second round he faced Wayne Jones and lost by 6-5 even though he averaged impressing 101,5.

The best story of the day was undoubtedly Marko Kantele. He got all the way to the round of 16, in which he lost against the later winner Jonny Clayton. Clayton won that match by 6-2.

Before the defeat, Marko won against Darren Webster by 6-2, Alan Tabern by 6-4 and Mike van Duivenbode by 6-5.

The result for Marko Kantele also means, that he has secured the most ranking points through the Players Championship events by the three PDCNB-players so far. Thus Marko has secured himself £4000, Madars £3500 and Darius £3000.

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James Wade won Players Championship 9

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James Wade gave himself a good birthday present, as he won Players Championship 9.

Once again it is time for Players Championship this weekend. Today the Players Championship 9 was played, an it was won by James Wade.

The Englishman, who could celebrate his 36th birthday today, averaged 98,61 throughout the entire tournament. On his way to the final he did beat Adrian Lewis in the quarter-final and Scott Baker in the semi-final, before beating Michael Smith by 8-2 in the final.

The PDC Nordic & Baltic was also represented today, as Madars Razma, Marko Kantele and Darius Labanauskas all was among the 128 players.

Unfortunately it was a day without any success for the three of them.

Madars Razma was whitewashed 6-0 by Steve Beaton in the first round. The bronzed Adonis played the game with an incredible 106,1 average.

Marko Kantele also lost in the first round, as he had to face the later finalist Michael Smith. The former Youth World Champion won the match by 6-1 and averaged 103 against Marko Kantele’s 95,5.

Not even Darius Labanauskas managed to get through to the second round, even though he was way more close to it, than Madars Razma and Marko Kantele. The Lithuanian faced Joe Cullen in the first round and even though Darius was up by 1-0, 3-2, 4-3 and 5-4, Joe Cullen still managed to win the match by 6-5. Darius Labanauskas averaged 95,2.

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Daryl Gurney wins the German Darts Championship

Daryl Gurney won his first ever Euro Tour, as he won the German Darts Championship.

Daryl Gurney had never won a Euro Tour before this weekend, but now he has.

In the final of todays tournament, he beat Ricky Evans by 8-6. Before that he had beaten Rob Cross, Stephen Bunting and Adrian Lewis to reach the final.

In the final Daryl Gurney averaged 98,32 against the 97,19 from Ricky Evans.

It is also worth to mention Keegan Brown as one of the big surprises this Sunday. After the win against Michael van Gerwen yesterday, he continued his good run by beating James Wilson and Gerwyn Price. But it all ended in the semfinal, in which he lost 7-3 against Ricky Evans.

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Second day at the German Darts Championship

The German Darts Championship continues today. Unfortunately without Kim Viljanen and Madars Razma.

Kim Viljanen and Madars Razma both had their opportunities yesterday, but it just was not meant to be.

Viljanen started quite well, and got up by 2-0 before Ron Meulenkamp won a leg. The Dutchman equalized the score, but then Kim vent up once again by 3-2. Ron Meulenkamp then won the next three legs, and suddenly he was up by 5-3.
Kim Viljanen won the next leg, but he could not break Meulenkamp’s throw in the next leg, and therefore the Dutchman won by 6-4.
Actually Kim Viljanen averaged a lot better than Ron Meulenkamp, but the Dutchman was really good at the doubles and that became decisive.

Madars Razma was really close to making a great comeback against Keegan Brown. Madars was down by 4-1, but slowly he managed to catch up to the Englishman, even though Keegan Brown also being up by 5-2.
Madars Razma managed to equalize the score into 5-5. Unfortunately he started the 11th leg quite poor, and therefore Keegan got away. But suddenly Madars made a fantastic 180 and got himself down to 72. But that did not shake Keegan Brown, who just checked out 112 and won the match by 6-5.

Therefore there will be no players from the PDC Nordic & Baltic region today in the tournament.

But it is still quite a interesting program today. All the big names will come into the tournament, and that means we will have matches such as Darren Webster against Luke Humphries, Stephen Bunting against Dimitri van den Bergh, Mensur Suljovic against Ricky Evans and Dave Chisnall against Mervyn King.

Of course we will also see Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross and Peter Wright in action.

You can see the full program of the day below:

Saturday March 30
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1300)

Darren Webster v Luke Humphries
Ian White v Jamie Hughes
James Wade v Boris Koltsov
Jonny Clayton v Simon Stevenson
Adrian Lewis v Kevin Knopf
Jermaine Wattimena v Steffen Siepmann
Gerwyn Price v Mark Dudbridge
James Wilson v Mario Robbe

Evening Session (1915)
Daryl Gurney v Andy Boulton
Joe Cullen v Nathan Aspinall
Rob Cross v Ron Meulenkamp
Peter Wright v Andrew Gilding
Stephen Bunting v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Mensur Suljovic v Ricky Evans
Michael van Gerwen v Keegan Brown
Dave Chisnall v Mervyn King

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German Darts Championship starts today – Viljanen and Razma are up for it

Both Kim Viljanen and Madars Razma will participate today in Germany as German Darts Championship starts.

The second European Tour starts today, as the German Darts Championship will be held this weekend.

Today 32 players will be in action, and amongst them we find Kim Viljanen and Madars Razma.

Kim Viljanen will go up against Ron Meulenkamp in the afternoon session. Madars Razma will face Keegan Brown in the evening session. Should both players win, the draw has not been made easy for the two of them in the second round.
Kim Viljanen will have to meet Rob Cross and Madars Razma will have to meet Michael van Gerwen.

Besides the two players from the PDC Nordic & Baltic region, we will also see names as Luke Humphries, Ricky Evans, Robert Thornton, Mervyn King, Dimitri van den Bergh and Nathan Aspinall in action.

It is interesting to notice, that Ricky Evans and Robert Thornton will go up against each other today. This may be the most profilic match today.

You can follow all the matches on PDC.tv from one o’clock.


Friday March 29
First Round
Afternoon Session (1300)

Dave Prins v Simon Stevenson
Martin Atkins (Leeds) v Luke Humphries
Ricky Evans v Robert Thornton
Jyhan Artut v Boris Koltsov
Mike De Decker v Andrew Gilding
Kevin Knopf v Scott Taylor
Ron Meulenkamp v Kim Viljanen
Josh Payne v Andy Boulton

Evening Session (1915)
Tytus Kanik v Jamie Hughes
Keegan Brown v Madars Razma
Steffen Siepmann v Mickey Mansell
Diogo Portela v Mervyn King
Maik Langendorf v Mario Robbe
Mark Dudbridge v Gabriel Clemens
Steve Beaton v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Mike Holz v Nathan Aspinall

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Michael van Gerwen wins European Darts Open

Michael van Gerwen won yet another title when he won the European Darts Open this evening.

Michael van Gerwen won eight tournaments on the European Tour last year. This evening he secured the first in 2019 when he beat Rob Cross in the final.

Michael van Gerwen started the day by beating Jermaine Wattimena 6-0. It took him barely ten minutes to accomplish this.

Then he faced Gerwyn Price in the quarter-finals, where he won 6-5 after a match with an incredibly good level, where both players averaged ​​above 100.

In the semi-finals, it was Mensur Suljovic, who was on tour, and here it became a 7-5 victory for the Dutchman.

In the final he had to face Rob Cross, who had beaten Jonny Clayton, Justin Pipe and Peter Wright to reach the final.

The final was a really close affair, where Michael van Gerwen in the end could pull out with a 8-6 victory, even though Rob Cross was ahead by 4-3 along the way.

Thus, the hunt for yet another great European season has started for Michael van Gerwen.

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Who will win the European Darts Open?

Peter Wright impressed in yesterday’s round. Today we will see if it continues.

It’s Sunday, and so it is also time to find the winner of this year’s first European Tour event. Many good names are still in the pot, but especially the world’s top three stands out.

Just like on the first day, there were not many surprises among the results yesterday. The biggest surprise was probably that Simon Whitlock lost 6-5 against Ross Smith. The Australian haven’t really got the start of 2019, he could have hoped for.

In addition, Adrian Lewis also had to leave the tournament, however, due to a somewhat more understandable defeat to Dimitri van den Bergh of 6-3.

Glen Durrant also had to leave the tournament when he lost 6-5 to Jermaine Wattimena, who averaged ​​impressing 102.16.

The very same Jermaine Wattimena starts today’s program when he is up against Michael van Gerwen in today’s first match. Michael van Gerwen won 6-1 against Mervyn King in yesterday’s match. Here the Dutchman averaged a little over 97.

Two others who also averaged ​​over 100 yesterday were Rob Cross and Peter Wright. They are up against Jonny Clayton and Ross Smith respectively in the third round.

The program today is, on the whole, filled up with big names and therefore we can look forward to games like James Wade against Dave Chisnall, Dimitri van den Bergh against Daryl Gurney and Krzysztof Ratajski against Gerwyn Price.

In addition, Justin Pipe is still among the last 16 to face Darren Webster today.

And last but not least, we must not forget that Mensur Suljovic is facing Joe Cullen.

All matches in the third round will be played best of 11 legs. In the semi-finals it goes up to 13, and in the final it goes up to 15.

As always, you can watch today’s matches on PDC.tv from one o’clock, and at the same time you can create an overview of the games below:

Sunday March 24
Afternoon Session (1300)

Third Round
Michael van Gerwen v Jermaine Wattimena
Krzysztof Ratajski v Gerwyn Price
Mensur Suljovic v Joe Cullen
James Wade v Dave Chisnall
Justin Pipe v Darren Webster
Rob Cross v Jonny Clayton
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright v Ross Smith

Evening Session (1915)
Quarter-Finals
Van Gerwen/Wattimena v Ratajski/Price
Suljovic/Cullen v Wade/Chisnall
Pipe/Webster v Cross/Clayton
Van den Bergh/Gurney v Wright/Smith

Semi-Finals
Final

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European Darts Open contiunes without Madars Razma

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Unfortunately Madars Razma lost against Matthew Dennant, who will go up against Mensur Suljovic today.

It is day two in Leverkusen. The first round, which was played yesterday, did not offer many surprises and therefore almost all the big names are ready for today.

However, this does not apply to Raymond van Barneveld, whose comeback to the European stage became somewhat short. He lost 6-4 to Steve Beaton.

In return, Glen Durrant won his first ever match on the European stage. He did this by beating Michael Rosenauer by 6-4.

Madars Razma however lost his first match against Matthew Dennant by 6-5. The Latvian played well with an average at 93,68. Unfortunately Dennant was a bit better at the doubles, which became crucial for the Englishman.

Names like Ted Evetts, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Krzysztof Ratajski, Mervyn King, Dimitri van den Bergh and Vincent van der Voort advanced to the second round.

Pavel Jirkal also won yesterday, and he has simply been honored by playing against Darren Webster in today’s first match.

Then James Wade will be on stage before Ian White will face Justin Pipe.

The afternoon also offers three incredibly interesting games, as Dave Chisnall will face Ted Evetts, Michael Smith will face Krzysztof Ratajski and Daryl Gurney will face Jeffrey de Zwaan.

In the evening, the European Darts Open continues to serve delights for us. Already in the first match, former world champion Adrian Lewis faces the double youth world champion Dimitri van den Bergh.

After that, Glen Durrant will try to continue his good start in the PDC when going up against Jermaine Wattimena.

Joe Cullen will also face Vincent van der Voort, before Michael van Gerwen will try to take revenge against Mervyn King, who won their last match in the UK Open.

After that Rob Cross will be up against Barneveld’s superior, Steve Beaton.

Before Peter Wright and Kim Huybrechts shuts down the evening, we also get Mensur Suljovic and Simon Whitlock on the stage, meeting Matthew Dennant and Ross Smith respectively.

As always, the matches can be followed on PDC.tv from one o’clock. In addition, you can create an overview of today’s matches below:

Saturday March 23
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1300)

Darren Webster v Pavel Jirkal
James Wade v Wesley Plaisier
Ian White v Justin Pipe
Gerwyn Price v Scott Taylor
Dave Chisnall v Ted Evetts
Jonny Clayton v Adam Hunt
Michael Smith v Krzysztof Ratajski
Daryl Gurney v Jeffrey de Zwaan

Evening Session (1915)
Adrian Lewis v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Jermaine Wattimena v Glen Durrant
Joe Cullen v Vincent van der Voort
Michael van Gerwen v Mervyn King
Rob Cross v Steve Beaton
Mensur Suljovic v Matthew Dennant
Simon Whitlock v Ross Smith
Peter Wright v Kim Huybrechts

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Madars Razma to start the European Tour 2019


The European Tour is back and it begins in Leverkusen. The tour will visit Germany, Austria, Holland, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Gibraltar this year.

But, just as mentioned, it starts today in the German, and there are several interesting names at today’s program that do not offer the top 16 of the Pro Tour’s Order of Merit, as they first enter in the second round, which starts tomorrow.

Among other things, the entire tournament is being started by Justin Pipe. He will go up against Ryan Meikle.

The representative from the PDC Nordic & Baltic region is Madars Razma. He will go up against Matthew Dennant today. The Latvian did well two weeks ago in Denmark, and was also quite close to qualify for the European Tour 3 and 4 in the European Qualification last weekend. So it seems like he will come in good shape for this weekend.

The eveningsession include names like Krzystof Ratajski, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Kim Huybrechts, Mervyn King and Dimitri van den Bergh.

The two most interesting names from tonight’s matches though, are, Glen Durrant and Raymond van Barneveld.

Glen Durrant has never before played on the European stage as he previously played in the BDO. Not only will this be his first European Tour, it will also be his first tournament as a full-time professional, as he stopped in his civil job earlier this week. He will be up against Michael Rosenauer tonight. Not the worst draw for Glen Durrant, who has already qualified for the German Darts Grand Prix next month.

Raymond van Barneveld is back on the European stage. The Dutchman has not participated in a tournament on the European Tour since 2017.
He will go up against Steve Beaton tonight. Historically, the Dutchman have been good against the ‘Bronzed Adonis’, although Steve Beaton snatched the victory in their recent match against each other. Raymond van Barneveld, however, has shown over the past week that he can still participate at the highest level, which he did as late as yesterday, when he got the season’s first victory in the Premier League.

The entire first day of the European Darts Open will be shut down by Wayne Jones, who is going up against Dutch Vincent van der Voort.

All matches can be seen on PDC.tv from one o’clock. In addition, you can get an overview of all matches below.

 

Schedule of Play
Friday March 22
First Round
Afternoon Session (1300)  

Justin Pipe v Ryan Meikle
Pavel Jirkal v William Borland
Matthew Dennant v Madars Razma
Fabian Herz v Scott Taylor
Ross Smith v Ricky Williams
Adam Hunt v Danny van Trijp
Ted Evetts v Martin Atkins (Leeds)
Wesley Plaisier v Jyhan Artut

Evening Session (1915)
Matthew Edgar v Krzysztof Ratajski
Jeffrey de Zwaan v Josh Payne
Kim Huybrechts v Nico Kurz
Jason Wilson v Mervyn King
Michael Rosenauer v Glen Durrant
Ritchie Edhouse v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Steve Beaton v Raymond van Barneveld
Wayne Jones v Vincent van der Voort

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